Professional Class: Marilena Dara
The class is developed in a rich, explosive and fluent fusion between principals of floor work and contemporary aspects of Marilena's own style. The first part of the class is mainly focusing on spine actions and our very own weight to fully activate the body and complicate as much as possible the human action of walking while adding different layers of mental and physical states. The second part is usually focused on how to redefine directions and achieve to move in three-dimensional mode while creating momentum and breaking the flow with accents through set sequence and great tunes. By the end of the workshop, participants will have gained tools to develop body awareness allowing them to go in and out of the floor with minimum effort whilst travelling through the space with all their exits open.
While studying Management Science and Technology at the University Of Economics and Business, Marilena got in the Greek National School Of Dance (K.S.O.T) and graduated with distinction in 2012.
After graduating she participated in productions by Hellenic Dance Company both as a performer and rehearsal director, and had the chance to work on pieces by famous choreographers such as Akram Khan, Jasmin Vardimon, Jukstapoz, Martha Graham and Tono Lachky. Since 2013 she has been a close collaborator of Christine Gouzelis & Paul Blackman (Jukstapoz Co.) assisting them in their productions “Vicious Cycle”, “Self Storage”, “Swoon” and "Folie".
Since 2012 she has been collaborating with the award winning choreographer Jasmin Vardimon – firstly as a member of JV2 as well as understudying one of the leading roles in "Justitia" and today as the Course Leader of JV2 since 2014. In 2015 she has been the rehearsal director of the production "Maze" of Jasmin Vardimon Company and the same year she choreographed a piece "I was, minus all" to be performed around UK by JV2 company. Currently,she is touring her second piece “Wear Your Wounds” performed by JV2 2017.
Marilena has been delivering workshops in several universities, studios and festivals around Europe such as National School of Dance in Athens, Institute of the Arts Barcelona, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, The Place, Royal Holloway University, International Dance Week-Budapest and Dance Cultural Centre.